The Minnesota Vikings have a really younger group on the cornerback place, and on Thursday, the group had two of their key gamers on the place undergo accidents that knocked them out of shape.
Each Mekhi Blackmon and Akayleb Evans left the session early, however it seems that every of the younger Vikings CBs have averted main accidents in response to the experiences that got here out after observe.
Vikings CBs Keep away from Main Accidents
Blackmon left the sphere after a rep with what gave the impression to be an arm harm. The cornerback was the Vikings third-round choice within the 2023 NFL Draft after a powerful collegiate profession at USC. On the Vikings first depth chart, he was listed as Minnesota’s CB5.
Fortunately, it seems that he ought to be superb after his harm in observe. Tom Pelissero of NFL Community tweeted about the injury, “#Vikings rookie CB Mekhi Blackmon seems to have dodged a serious harm in right now’s joint observe with the #Titans, per supply. Evaluations ongoing, however there’s optimism Blackmon — a third-round decide who’s been working with the beginning protection — will have the ability to return quickly.”
It stays unknown precisely what the harm was and the way lengthy Blackmon might be out for, however this ought to be taken as very constructive information for the Vikings rookie cornerback.
As for Evans, he took some pleasant hearth whereas going for an interception throughout a drill. The CB went after a go from Malik Willis and was met by a tough hit from S Josh Metellus, who presumably didn’t notice Evans was the participant going after the ball.
Fortunately, it’s been all jokes from either side because the incident. Evans tweeted on Thursday night time letting everybody know that he was “all good”.
Final season, Evans went via not less than three separated concussions in the course of the course of the season, which was the most important trigger for concern within the aftermath of the hit from Metellus. Nonetheless, it seems that he’s going to be alright from this collision. Metellus himself posted an apology as nicely:
Evans is at present the favourite to win a beginning CB spot this yr alongside veteran Byron Murphy. He was listed as CB2 on Minnesota’s first depth chart, and he has extra beginning expertise than anybody within the CB room apart from Murphy.
Hopefully, each younger CBs are good to go sooner relatively than later. The Vikings will want “all arms on deck” for the group this season, given the inexperience within the room. We’ll get to see the Vikings in motion once more on Saturday with their second preseason recreation scheduled for 7 PM at U.S. Financial institution Stadium towards the Tennessee Titans.
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